36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction

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Vintage Contemporaries, 2011 - Fiction - 506 pages
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From the author of The Mind-Body Problem: a witty and intoxicating novel of ideas that plunges into the great debate between faith and reason.

At the center is Cass Seltzer, a professor of psychology whose book, The Varieties of Religious Illusion, has become a surprise best seller. Dubbed “the atheist with a soul,” he wins over the stunning Lucinda Mandelbaum—“the goddess of game theory.” But he is haunted by reminders of two people who ignited his passion to understand religion: his teacher Jonas Elijah Klapper, a renowned literary scholar with a suspicious obsession with messianism, and an angelic six-year-old mathematical genius, heir to the leadership of an exotic Hasidic sect.

Hilarious, heartbreaking, and intellectually captivating, 36 Arguments explores the rapture and torments of religious experience in all its variety.
 

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Contents

The Argument from the Improbable Self
3
The Argument from Lucinda
26
The Argument from Dappled Things
29
The Argument from the Irrepressible Past
61
The Argument from Reversal of Fortune
78
The Argument from Intimations of Immortality
115
The Argument from SoulGazing
119
The Argument from the Existence of the Poem
135
The Argument from the Remains
297
The Argument from Fraught Distance
309
The Argument from the Disenchantment of the World
311
The Argument from the Ethics of the Fathers
317
The Argument from Cosmic Tremblings
320
The Argument from Chosen Individuals
328
The Argument from the Bones of the Dead
334
The Argument from the Mandelbaum Equilibrium
353

The Argument from the Eternity of Irony
145
The Argument from the Purer Self
164
The Argument from Transcendental Signifiers
175
The Argument from Prime Numbers
185
The Argument from Taking Differences
226
The Argument from Inconsolable Solitude
232
The Argument from Sacred Circles
239
The Argument from the Longing on the Gate
250
The Argument from Strange Laughter
252
The Argument from the Arrow of Time
262
The Argument from the Overheard Whispers of Angels
268
The Argument from Tidings of Destruction
291
The Argument from Rigid Designators
355
xxx The Argument from the Long Silence of the Night
372
The Argument from the New York Times
373
The Argument from the Precipice
376
The Argument from the Violable Self
386
The Argument from the View from Nowhere
390
The Argument from Solemn Emotions
419
The Argument from the Silent Rebbes Dance
431
Arguments for the Existence of God
445
Acknowledgments
505
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Rebecca Newberger Goldstein received her doctorate in philosophy from Princeton University. Her award-winning books include the novels The Mind-Body Problem, Properties of Light, 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction and nonfiction studies of Kurt G del and Baruch Spinoza. Her most recent work, Plato at the Googleplex, was released from Pantheon in March of 2014. She has received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, has been designated a Humanist of the Year and a Freethought Heroine, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She lives in Massachusetts.

Rebecca Goldstein is represented by Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau (www.prhspeakers.com).

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